23.12.2004. Russian-Turkish High-Level Joint Working Group Meets in Regular Session

On December 23 the fifth regular meeting of the Russian-Turkish High-Level Joint Working Group (HLJWG), established in accordance with the Plan of Action to Develop Cooperation Between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Turkey in Eurasia, signed by the two countries' Foreign Ministers on November 16, 2001, was held in Moscow under the chairmanship of Deputy Foreign Ministers Vladimir Chizhov of Russia and Ahmet Uzumcu of Turkey.

In the mainstream of the agreements reached at the highest level during the official visit of President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin to Turkey, which took place on December 5-6, 2004, the representatives of the Foreign Ministries of the two countries exchanged views on topical questions of Russian-Turkish relations as well as on a number of major international problems affecting the interests of Russia and Turkey, including the situation in the South Caucasus, Central Asia, Iran and Afghanistan, and issues of cooperation in the Black Sea region and of Middle East and Cyprus settlement.

The HLJWG meeting passed in the constructive and confidential atmosphere characteristic of the new realities in Russian-Turkish relations, as confirmed in the Joint Political Declaration on the Strengthening of Friendship and Many-sided Partnership, signed in Ankara by the Presidents of the two countries.

The next meeting of the Group is scheduled to be held in Ankara in the first half of 2005.

December 24, 2004